If there’s anything we’ve learned so far this year, it’s that no one can predict day to day what will happen next. That’s why we believe that one of the key aims of technology is to help developers and operators build for agility and manage for change. This is especially true for our customers in the telecommunications industry. Communications service providers (CSPs) have seen their network resiliency and service delivery put to the test, as students, enterprise users and consumers all shifted rapidly to digital-only engagements to learn, conduct business and stay connected. The trick for CSPs, however, is enabling agility and accelerating innovation across a globally distributed network without having to manage underlying complexity.
This topic and more are explored by Jennifer Lin, VP of Product Management and Chen Goldberg, Senior Director of Engineering, in “The Future of Tech” podcast hosted by Avishai Sharlin, Division President of Amdocs Technology, a Google Cloud partner and a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies. They discussed the rise of 5G/edge data-driven services, the evolution of open-source technologies and the role Anthos can play in driving application modernization and speed of innovation amongst telcos.
Cloud’s role in the supply chain for new 5G/edge services
One of the hot topics was 5G/edge computing and the role they can play in helping CSPs deliver more personalized, data-driven services. Telco networks have grown rather complex over the years. But to unlock the potential of those technologies, these players may need to build more intelligent automation into their networks and remove some of that complexity.
“This move from IT monolithic systems from single vendors to 5G/edge data-driven services is about delivering a customer experience,” said Lin. “The pace at which we can move in [the] cloud as the supply chain for new services is phenomenal.”
Evolution of open-source and how Anthos speeds telco innovation
The past few years have also seen an enormous amount of change and development in the application layer. Open-source technologies like Docker and Kubernetes have helped developers achieve faster speed in innovation by making systems more composable and portable. However, according to Goldberg, there were still some things missing, and that was what drove the creation of Anthos.
“We went from building a product like Google Kubernetes Engine, which was just the container orchestration manager experience to something like Anthos [because] we have seen that just the portability of workload[s] is not enough,“ said Goldberg. “Our customers actually want us to take control and give them a managed experience wherever they build. That really gives them that engineering velocity.”
Furthermore, a few years ago, the industry was still missing a platform that would enable developers and IT to not only build but also manage applications consistently across on-premise data centers, cloud environments and at the edge. A solution like this would be key because many CSPs still have a large proportion of their data residing on premises, something which is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. For this reason, Anthos for Telecom was developed to help CSPs more easily manage day two operations for applications that run across mixed deployment environments.
To learn more, we invite you to tune in for the full conversation on “The Future of Tech” podcast. For additional information on how Google Cloud is working with strategic partners like Amdocs to deliver solutions that help CSPs modernize core OSS/BSS systems, harness data and analytics and monetize on 5G/Edge, check out the Google Cloud Next ‘20 OnAir session, “Accelerating telecommunications growth.”